Saturday, December 28, 2013

Start the New Year Off Right

It's hard to believe another year has gone by and that this will be my last post for 2013.  I know many have been through difficult times this year, my family included, so I'm glad in a way to see this year end, but just because it's ending doesn't mean there's not fun in store for 2014.  I'm looking forward to seeing what the upcoming fun will be.

The start of a new year is the time for resolutions.  Make one of your resolutions be to start a new hobby such as making your own handmade paper.  It's a great way to have fun and create some wonderful handmade items including all of the gifts you will need next year.  You know you'll need one sooner than you want to think about it so now is the time to get started!

This New Year's banner was created using handmade paper.  The "bow" started out to be three bells, but when I dried the paper using an iron I had laid them on top of each other and suddenly my eyes saw a bow and that's how this project took shape.  I used the basic instructions to make the pulp and then poured it into a metal bell shaped cookie cutter and finished it off according to the instructions.  I, also, made a sheet of paper for the bottom using one of the papermaking kits.  I added some metallics and sparkles to the paper pulp since ringing in the new year should have a certain amount of sparkle to it.  See how fun it was and 2014 hasn't even started yet.

Join us as we send off the old year and ring in the new by heading over to the website and get your hobby started.  Be sure to use the coupon code Dec20 on your entire order through the end of the month.  There's still time so hurry!

Happy New Year Everyone! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Angel from Handmade Paper

Are you still decorating for the holidays? I am—and probably will be until the wee hours on Christmas Eve. (But, then, I guess that would be the very early hours of Christmas Day!!) Anyway, you get what I'm saying: I'm going to be decorating until the last possible moment.

Many of my decorations include handmade paper, and today I'm sharing one of my favorites. It is a 3D angel. She's so easy to make!! I'm sharing the pattern in PDF, MTC (Make-the-Cut), and SVG formats.

Here you can see the angel cut out from a light blue handmade paper. I colored the paper pulp with a pale blue tinting tissue and added botanical inclusions. I following these basic instructions when making the paper, but for this piece I processed longer so the inclusions would be blended into smaller pieces.

Next step was to embellish the cutout. I chose a silver metallic chenille stem for her halo and Dew Drops along the hemline. You could also use glitter glues, rhinestones, or other embellishment of your choice. These angel also make a striking statement left plain.

When I was finished embellishing, I formed a cone from her skirt and secured it by placing a brad in each of the holes along the back seam.

The best to you and your loved ones this holiday season. It's not too late to take advantage of our 20% off sale—just use coupon code Dec20. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Designing with Paper!

I love working with paper and am really excited to say that I will be joining the Arnold Grummer's design team in January!  

Making dresses with handmade paper is so much fun. Cut the paper, get it damp and it is easy to work with, almost like delicate fabric.

If you have a dress form to work with it makes it easier to form the wet paper when creating the dress. Before the paper is  wet run a thread about every 1/2 inch through the top of the skirt to help hold the gathers in place. After the paper is wet gently (VERY GENTLY) pull the thread to make the gathers. 
Pictured is the damp paper dress tied with ribbon on the form ready to dry overnight. When making a project like this allow plenty of drying time.  NO cheating... the paper must be totally dry before removing it from the dress form.
The dried pieces are able to free stand.  To make the dress I free cut the a skirt, three parts for the bodice and the sleeves. The size will depend on the dress form you use. After the pieces are dry add lace.

Lace was inserted inside the front of the skirt. Then the first two pieces of the bodice were adhered to the base structure.

The third piece of the bodice was trimmed with lace around the neck, edges and over the cap sleeves. Then it finished off with a brass bow!

Add the sleeves trimmed with lace around the cuffs. The dress is 14 inches from the back of the neck to the bottom of the skirt.

It is amazing how getting paper wet changes when it is worked with. The dress is able to stand on its own. Spritz dress lightly with Glimmer Mist to give it some sparkle!  Note: If you get the paper too wet it will loose the form.

Handmade paper
Lace (spritzed with Glimmer Mist)
Brass Bow
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Crushed Eggshells
Dress form
Needle and Thread

Thank you for joining me today. I look forward to sharing with you in the future!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Jolly Old Elf Handmade Paper Rosette

I love making rosettes and this time of year I always seem to make as many as I can.  This rosette is extra special because it's made using handmade paper.  The image is one of my favorites that I've had for a while now.  It came from one of the collage sheets from Altered Pages.  I've been in a vintage creating mood lately so chose to make this rosette have a vintage look to it. 

For the rosette, I made 2 sheets of paper using the Papermill Pro Envelope & Stationary Kit.  I used some scraps of white paper that I had been collecting and followed the basic instructions for making paper.  When I added the water according to the directions, I added a 1:1 ratio of water to tea to dye the paper.  I laid the paper flat and allowed it to dry for a day. Here's a little hint, if you don't want to use an iron or heat gun to dry it quickly, you can lay it a little ways away from a heat vent and as the furnace turns on and off it helps to dry the paper.  Be sure to flip it every so often to help it dry on both sides.  Then, press it in a heavy book if necessary to flatten it out. 

Once the papers are dry, cut a circle from one sheet.  For this sized rosette, I cut a 2" circle.  The size will depend on the size of the rosette you will be making.  From the second sheet, cut three 2" strips of paper.  Cut the paper lengthwise and then cut 1" off from the end of each.  This will allow you to end on the down fold after it is scored.   Score the strips at 1" intervals and then fold them using the mountain/valley fold technique.  Every other score line should be folded upward making sure to keep all of the folds even on the top and bottom. Crease the folds well.  Once you have done it with all 3 strips, glue them together to create one long paper strip.  Add glue from the center to the edges of the circle that you cut earlier.  Now, pull the ends together to form a circle and place the rounded shape onto the glue.  The folds naturally want to fan out and take shape, but some of them may need a little more creasing.  You will have to place something on top such as your glue bottle to help hold it until the glue is dry.  While you are waiting for that, you can cut the image you will be using into a circle.  It will be the same sized circle as you used for the bottom of the rosette so in this case, circle I cut was 2".  If you do not want to use an image that's ok.  You can cut another from handmade paper.  Use one of the fabulous molds and some casting squares to create a special piece to place on top of the circle.  Add a little sparkle with the glitters, metallics and micas from Arnold Grummer's.   It's all up to you!  Once it is dry, add glue to the back of your circle and lightly press it on top of the rosette.  Cut 2" pieces (or pieces that are equal to the width of your paper strips) of chenille stems and add a little glue to the ends and slide them into the center of the rosette. 

It's that easy to make these beautiful rosettes.  They can be used as decorations or package toppers.  Create them for different occasions such as birthdays and Valentine's Day, too.  No matter the time of year, there's always a handmade paper rosette that is right for the occasion!

Head on over to the website and pick up what you need to start making them.  Use the promo code Dec20 and get 20% off your entire order!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snowflake Christmas Card

There's always a flurry of activities between Thanksgiving and Christmas—shopping, parties, gift wrapping, Christmas cards. But this year I'm ahead of the game, if only on one item on that list—my Christmas cards. I've been thinking about the design for quite a while.

Since this summer, actually. I live in Ohio where we have brisk autumns that move into cold winters. I like to do my handmade paper making outside, so I try to make lots of paper during the spring and summer fair-weather months. I made the papers for this snowflake Christmas card way back in May or June using these basic papermaking instructions.

Since I knew I'd be using these papers for Christmas, I was sure to include plenty of metallics and sparkles along with botanicals. I had the pastel color palette in mind when I selected my tissue tints to color the papers.

I used a variety of Sizzix snowflake dies to cut the individual snowflakes, then layered the four snowflakes on the card base. Last step was to embellish the tips of the snowflakes with Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.

It not too late for you to make handmade paper for Christmas!! Use the promo Dec20 and get 20% off your entire order!!
You can see more projects on my Create & Craft blog.